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Published: Tuesday, 11/5/2013

Lourdes University: There’s no place like home

Imagine more than 100 acres of serene green space and rich California-Mission-style architecture characterized by sprawling archways and stained glass windows. Add a modern indoor/outdoor dining facility and discipline-specific computer learning spaces, and what you’ll find is an award-winning private university offering a globally-responsible liberal arts education, which helps students prosper and advance throughout their careers.

All of this can be found at one institution located in Toledo’s metropolitan region. For 55 years, Lourdes University has delivered a wonderful learning experience to teachers, nurses, business professionals, and more. Even better, this high-quality private education is available at a very affordable cost.

“We’re proud to say that Lourdes is among the most affordable private institutions in Ohio,” said Geoffrey Grubb, Ph.D., provost. “We offer the full university experience. Here, students have one-on-one advising and financial aid counseling, smaller student-to-teacher ratios, and meaningful work opportunities that enhance their career preparation.”

Lourdes’ academic and student life programs are among the best in the region. Princeton Review has named the university among its Best Midwest Colleges for the past nine years, and GI Jobs Magazine has named it a Military Friendly School for the past four years.

Additionally, Lourdes students receive the type of education that company leaders are seeking. A recent survey of CEOs, conducted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, reported that 74 percent recommend a 21st-century liberal education.

“Employers are looking for graduates with excellent communication and creative thinking skills,” noted Grubb. “That’s exactly the type of skills students learn at Lourdes. We believe in that type of education and want those seeking academic excellence through the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies to have that opportunity. To offset tuition, our numerous scholarships reduce the costs of a Lourdes education even further.”

Joe Esposito, a transfer student who attends Lourdes on the Presidential Scholarship, says he chose Lourdes in lieu of other institutions where he might pay less in tuition because of the “unsurpassed focus on the individual person, and the feeling of community that comes standard with your education – these are things I appreciate, having transferred from a larger university. At Lourdes, your tuition goes toward professors who know you by name and advisors that schedule classes alongside you, as opposed to funding lecture halls. There’s also the community as a whole, enriched by the Franciscan Tradition, making it warm and welcoming. These things make Lourdes stand out as a special place to get an education.”

Today Esposito serves as a member of Lourdes’ baseball team, as Student Government President, and works on campus as an academic tutor, finance department intern, and lead tour guide.

“I’ve developed great relationships with my classmates, as well as the faculty and staff; relationships I might not have had the opportunity to make if I chose to go somewhere else. I definitely feel like I’m getting my money's worth, and have no problem paying a little bit more to support the parts of Lourdes that I really value.”

With more than half a million residents living within driving distance, Lourdes’ President David Livingston, Ph.D., said he believes those wishing to pursue a college degree can find what they are looking for right here in Sylvania.

“Those who have visited our campus and met our faculty know how amazing the University is, and for those who haven’t yet had a chance, we invite you to come visit the campus. Lourdes is a wonderful place to receive a liberal arts education that will help you find a meaningful and prosperous career – and the best part is, it’s right in your backyard.”

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